football players (american) The Best Football Players Ever

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List Rules Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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+ - 9,787 3,850
Jerry Rice 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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+ - 8,387 3,528
Joe Montana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
+ - 8,127 3,101
Walter Payton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

4
+ - 7,929 2,636
Barry Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
+ - 5,912 2,758
Lawrence Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

6
+ - 5,305 2,689
Jim Brown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

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+ - 6,430 4,666
Peyton Manning 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

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+ - 4,489 2,063
Reggie White 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

9
+ - 5,331 2,182
Deion Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner Kickoff returner

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+ - 6,981 4,771
Tom Brady 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

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+ - 4,309 2,460
Dan Marino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

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+ - 4,457 2,036
Emmitt Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

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+ - 4,369 2,125
Brett Favre 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

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+ - 4,506 2,322
Ray Lewis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

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+ - 4,209 2,025
John Elway 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

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+ - 3,878 1,736
Randy Moss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

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+ - 4,194 1,091
Bo Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

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+ - 3,366 1,673
Dick Butkus 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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+ - 3,400 1,343
Joe Greene 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 3,249 1,383
Ronnie Lott 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety Defensive back

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+ - 2,945 1,776
Johnny Unitas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

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+ - 3,342 1,540
Steve Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

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+ - 2,454 1,280
Eric Dickerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

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+ - 3,228 1,245
J. J. Watt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

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+ - 2,565 1,179
Marshall Faulk 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

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+ - 2,439 1,011
Calvin Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

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+ - 2,885 1,533
Adrian Peterson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

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+ - 2,308 1,472
Tony Gonzalez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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+ - 1,899 1,126
Deacon Jones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,339 1,350
Terry Bradshaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

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+ - 1,994 1,178
Jack Lambert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

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+ - 1,947 979
LaDainian Tomlinson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

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+ - 1,684 634
Michael Irvin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

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+ - 1,852 1,061
Roger Staubach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

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+ - 1,652 645
Larry Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

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+ - 1,690 549
Charles Woodson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist Safety

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+ - 2,337 1,214
Aaron Rodgers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

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+ - 1,976 1,044
Earl Campbell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

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+ - 2,029 1,113
Bart Starr 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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+ - 1,758 873
Rod Woodson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,599 992
Bruce Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,622 903
Ed Reed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

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+ - 1,752 1,096
Gale Sayers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

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+ - 1,603 692
Troy Polamalu 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

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+ - 1,948 1,226
Troy Aikman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback

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+ - 1,170 427
Rob Gronkowski 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

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+ - 1,754 1,215
Otto Graham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

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+ - 2,050 1,083
Drew Brees 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

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+ - 1,335 631
Michael Strahan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end

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+ - 1,325 903
Dick Lane 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback